Expanding Livestock Integrated Pest Management in the Northeast: An IPM Training Opportunity for Northeast US Animal Agriculture Industry Personnel
Waldron, Keith; Kaufman, Phillip
A two day “hands-on” workshop was held to train northeast US cooperative extension and other animal agricultural industry outreach personnel in an overview of livestock Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This initial “train the trainer” program targeted key personnel involved in animal agriculture including, but not limited to, cooperative extension, state veterinarians, milk inspectors, and other multipliers responsible for local on dairy producer contacts. Participants learned IPM principles and practices as they relate to dairy production and enhance animal and human health, improve net profitability and minimize neighborhood concerns associated with off site migration of livestock fly pests. A combination of classroom, laboratory and on-farm activities were employed to train participants in current livestock pest concerns and management opportunities Participants received training to help them acquire knowledge and develop skills to assess livestock pest problems and effectively manage these pests using the latest IPM principles and techniques. Participants were trained in identification, evaluation and management of filth fly pest problems of confined dairy livestock. They also became familiar with IPM resources, and better equipped to effectively assist their clientele in addressing confined dairy fly pests. Participants were surveyed pre and post participation to better assess their livestock IPM needs and concerns, and to help identify interest, opportunity and need for subsequent workshops. It is anticipated that these workshop “graduates” will help initiate and foster improved livestock IPM practitioner communication and networking in the northeast US.
New York State IPM Program
Agricultural IPM; Cattle; Livestock; Communication